By Rachel A.G. Gilman
Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, but if you’re still looking for the ultimate ballad, John Legend released a cover of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for your pleasure. And if you’re my secret admirer, dropping a link to this track in my inbox would get your message across perfectly well, since it’s my favorite love song.
“The New Celebrity Apprentice” is already over on NBC, where the host of “American Ninja Warrior,” Matt Iseman, was chosen the winner over musician Boy George. If only the Trump presidency would go by as quickly as one season of his old show.
Speaking of reality shows, “The Bachelor” is still chugging along as Nick looks for romance, but the franchise already announced that Rachel Lindsay will be next season’s bachelorette — making history as the first African-American star of the show, as well as already telling us who won’t be wearing the big diamond ring in the finale. But we all know people watch the show for the catfights, not the romance, anyway.
The French electro-pop duo Daft Punk released a video this week depicting their pop-up shop in Downtown Los Angeles for any fans who were unable to make a stop there. The amount of disappointment I felt at the fact they were not selling their signature helmets can hardly be conveyed in words.
“Saturday Night Live” continued to bring the laughs this week when Alec Baldwin hosted and took to The People’s Court as Donald Trump, suing federal justices over his travel ban. Honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the current administration took this idea to heart and then aired it on an upcoming hour of CSPAN — the ratings would skyrocket!
Some people were questioning why Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ latest album was not considered for any Grammy award this year. The duo cleared this up by announcing that 2016’s “The Unruly Mess I Made” was actually not submitted for consideration in the award pool. I just thought it was because the album was bad, but okay…
James Corden’s famous “Carpool Karaoke” segment on “The Late, Late Show” is now being turned into its own series, much in the same way Jimmy Fallon’s “Lip Sync Battle” was, proving that as long as you are a wealthy, moderately funny white man, any activity most people do in the privacy of their personal lives can be made into your own television show.
The soundtrack for “Fifty Shades Darker” was released this week and we were able to hear a great collaboration track, this one featuring Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj. “Bom Bidi Bom” is intended to sound like a stylized backing track to a porno film, or like the sounds you and your friends jokingly made when telling each other about your hook-ups in high school.
And finally, the Grammys were this Sunday, also hosted by Corden, where our favorite musicians took to the stage to sing and accept awards showing how they great they are while we watched through our television sets. Beyoncé looked like a goddess and gave a better live performance of her music than her recordings and Adele took how the trophies for Album, Song, and Record of the Year. Meanwhile, on Sunday, I managed to eat dinner with an incredibly swollen throat and an impacted wisdom tooth. I’d say these accomplishments are on the same level.
Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday. Stay warm, NYU.